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The National Defense University’s Washington, D.C., commencement was held on Thursday, June 13th, at 9:00 a.m., at Fort Lesley J. McNair. A total of 658 students from the College of International Security Affairs (CISA), the Eisenhower School (ES), the Information Resources Management College (iCollege), and the National War College (NWC), participated in the ceremony held in Lincoln Hall.
The graduation ceremony for NDU's Joint Forces Staff College (JFSC) will be in Norfolk, Va., on June 14. Students who completed CISA's program at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School in Fort Bragg, N.C., graduated on May 31.
General Martin E. Dempsey, US Army, 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was the graduation speaker. He serves as the principal military adviser to the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council, and by law, is the Nation’s highest-ranking military officer. Prior to becoming Chairman, the General served as the Army’s 37th Chief of Staff.
Approximately 50 percent of the graduates are senior officers from the U.S. Armed Forces. Federal Government civilians, private sector civilians, and international students from more than 60 countries make up the other 50 percent.
NDU is the premier national security institution focused on advanced joint education, leader development, and scholarship. It is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Its purpose is to educate, develop, and inspire future leaders of the US Armed Forces, civilan agencies, industry, and partner nations by enhancing their strategic and analytical thinking skills, and creating a network of relationships.
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Archived video of the ceremony is available on NDU's Livestream channel.
CISA graduates (100) received a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Security Studies with a Concentration in Combating Terrorism.
Forty (40) Army Special Ops Forces students received their Master of Arts degrees at CISA's Fort Bragg, NC, campus on May 31.
Eisenhower School graduates (310) completing degree requirements received a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy.
Information Resources Management College (iCollege) graduates (28) received a Master of Science degree in Government Information Leadership.
Thirty-nine (39) students graduated from the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va., on June 14.
National War College graduates (220) received a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy.